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Sunday, September 29, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? September 30, 2013

This meme starts at Book Journey!

What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

My work week was pretty good - busy but not overly stressful. Reading has continued to be very good.  I finished five books and posted only four reviews, one with Giveaway.  I posted an author feature plus Giveaway.
I also posted the weekly Mailbox Monday, Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Snapshot, Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.

I need to get busy visiting again.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts plus win post:
  • Book Review with Giveaway: Convict Dad by P. Ryan Hempree, Cozy Mystery, Christian, my rating 4.25. Ends 9/30/13.
  • Book Review: Double Click by Lisa Becker, Contemporary Romance; my rating 4.25. 
  • Book Review: Always on My Mind by Jill Salvis, Lucky Harbor Series, Contemporary Romance, my rating 4.25.
  • Audio Book Review: Once by Morris Gleitzman, Fiction, children; my rating 4.25. 
Finished Reading:
1. Audible

Shadows of Glass: The Ashes Trilogy Book 2
    by Kassy Tayler
    Narrated by Nicola Barber
        Series: The Ashes, Book 2

I enjoyed this but it ends 
on a cliffhanger for the final book.
I will post a review this week.
Click on Title for full Book Description.

2. Audible
Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5 | [Taylor Anderson]

Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5
I love this series! I will listen to Book 6 as soon as I finish my audio review titles. :-)
Publisher's Summary
Stuck in an alternate universe during World War II, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of the U.S.S. Walker has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire. But first they have a new battle to win.

However, this battle will not be fought with broadsides and broadswords, but with cunning and intrigue. For when Reddy and Jenks report the situation to the New Britain Company, they are met with scorn and disbelief. It soon becomes obvious that the ruthless Company is attempting to overthrow the Imperial Throne - and that someone involved knows where Sandra and Rebecca are. From the halls of power to the ballrooms of the nobility, Reddy must navigate through a tempest of politics, deception, and betrayal if he is ever going to save the hostages and live to fight another day.
©2010 Taylor Anderson (P)2011 Tantor

3. Print

My Lady Quicksilver
by Bev McMaster
 TI really liked this one!
I will post review
with ARC Giveaway this week.

Click on Title for full Book Description.

4. eBook/Kindle

Hallowed Eve
by Suza Kates
I am reading this for review for the author during blog tour of her new release.
This review will post October 3, 2013.
Click on Title for full Book Description.

5. Audio/MP3
Helper12 | [Jack Blaine]

This is another dystopia 
I selected through AudioBook Jukebox.
I will post a review this week.
Publisher's Summary
Helper12 works as a Baby Helper in Pre Ward, the place where babies spend their first six months of life before they're tracked for vocations and sent to training. She does her job well, and she stays out of trouble. But one day, the Sloanes, Society members who enjoy all the privileges of their station - family unit clearance, a private dwelling, access to good food and good schools - come to "adopt" one of the Pre Ward babies. The Director makes a deal and the Sloanes walk out with a brand new child.

They also walk out owning Helper12 - the Director sells her to them, and there's nothing she can do but go. At the Sloanes, Helper12 enters a world where people should be able to enjoy life - with high position and riches come the opportunity for individual freedom, even the chance to love - but that's not what she finds. The Sloanes are keeping secrets. So is their biological son, Thomas.

Helper12 has some secrets of her own; she's drawing, which is a violation, since Baby Helpers aren't tracked for Art. And she's growing to love the child she was bought to care for - at the same time that Ms. Sloane is becoming disenchanted with her impulse baby buy.

When all your choices are made for you, how do you make some for yourself? Helper12 is about to find out.
©2011 Jack Blaine (P)2013 Jack Blaine

Line Edits/Releases:
Caught up on new releases. Back to working on print and Smashwords releases.

Enter the bi-monthly drawings at eTreasures Publishing Facebook page.
This week's giveaway link: The Wonk Decelerator by John Joseph Doody. A fun adventure, new release!

Currently reading:
1. Print

These Boots Weren't Made for Walking
by Melody Carlson
This has started fun.
Reading for Ladies Book Club 10/12.
Book Description
Publication Date: February 19, 2009
Willing to make the necessary sacrifices–even skipping the occasional latte–to ensure career success, 31-year-old Cassidy Cantrell “invests” in a chic pair of boots, certain they’ll make a spectacular impression and help seal the deal on a long-anticipated promotion from her Seattle employer.

But reality tromps all over her expectations. Cassie’s job is abruptly eliminated–and her love life obliterated, when her longtime boyfriend dumps her for a “friend.” Her self-esteem in tatters, Cassie limps home to the resort town she once so eagerly fled–only to find her recently divorced mother transformed into a gorgeous fifty-something babe with a thriving social life. Cassie wrestles with envy and apathy as she considers the dismal shape of her own physique and romantic prospects. What will it take for her to jump back into life and regain her stride?

This sassy and hilarious novel leads readers on a romp through the wilds of relationships, romance, career, and spirituality, revealing that, while God’s plans may look drastically different than our own, it’ll always be a perfect fit.

2. Audio

The Chronology Protection Case
by Paul Levinson
I am just starting this short audio.
Reviewing for Author through AudioBook Jukebox.
Publisher's Summary
The radio play of "The Chronology Protection Case" was adapted by Mark Shanahan with Paul Levinson, based on the novelette by Paul Levinson which first appeared in the pages of Analog magazine in September 1995. The script of the radio adaptation was nominated for a prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award as "Best Play of 2003" by the Mystery Writers of America.

The radio play was initially performed live before a studio audience at the Museum of TV & Radio in September of 2002. It was subsequently recorded at CDM Studios in New York City in 2003, featuring a cast of nine actors, with an original sound design and score. The CDM recording was produced by Charles de Montebello and Mark Shanahan.

"The Chronology Protection Case" radio play, a science fiction murder mystery, features Shanahan in the role of Dr. Phil D'Amato, the forensic detective who appears in Levinson's acclaimed novels, The Silk Code, The Consciousness Plague, and The Pixel Eye. When D'Amato is approached by the distraught wife of a missing scientist whose work is embroiled in secrecy, he is plunged into an adventure with a terrifying and powerful force of nature at the heart of a series of mysterious deaths.
©1995 Paul Levinson; (P)2005 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

3. Audio

The Time Fetch 
by Amy Herrick
I will start this before the end of the week.
Reviewing for Highbridge Audio through AudioBook Jukebox.
Product Description
Under normal circumstances, a Time Fetch sends out its foragers to collect only those moments that will never be missed or regretted. It then rests, waiting to be called back by the Keeper, who distributes the gathered time where it is needed in our world and others. When eighth grader Edward innocently mistakes a sleeping Fetch for an ordinary rock, he wakes its foragers too early, and they begin to multiply and gobble up too much time. Soon the bell rings to end class just as it’s begun. Buses race down streets, too far behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin to disappear as the whole fabric of the universe starts to unravel.

To try to stop the time foragers he has unleashed, Edward must depend on the help of his classmates Feenix, Danton, and Brigit—whether he likes it or not. They all have touched the Fetch, and it has drawn them together in a strange and thrilling adventure where the boundaries between worlds and dimensions are blurred, and places and creatures on the other side are much like the ones they’ve always known—but slightly twisted, a little darker, and much more dangerous.

A fast-paced tale of mythology, danger, friendship, and a shocking centuries-old secret, The Time Fetch is a magical adventure that reveals the extraordinary hiding just inside the ordinary.

4. eBook - undecided!

I am really lagging but still listening to The Listener's Bible NIV read by Max McLean. [Reading and listening on MP3.] I have been remiss and not keeping up with daily reading with my DH.

Line Edits: Still working.  I am still working on new print formatting this week.

I enjoyed a more loose review schedule in September and may want to do that again soon. :-)
I currently have eight titles read that need reviews posted so I hope to do at least five this week.

October Scheduled
10/2 - 5 Book Blast Post: Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen
10/3 Author Tour Review: Hallowed Eve by Suza Kates
10/8 - 14 Book Blast Post: A Bargained-For Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure
10/12 Women’s Book Club: These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking by Melody Carson (reading)
10/14  BookBlast Tour Review: Lord Trowbridge’s Angel by G.G. Vandagriff
10/18  BookBlast Tour Review: Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen
[Date to be set: 10/24 to 11/8 BookBlast Tour Review:  Bargained-For Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure]

     Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrows
     The Christmas He Loved Her by Julia Stone

   I may browse for new choices.

AudioBook Jukebox 
     The Chronology Protection Case by Paul Levinson (listening)
     The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

Authors - I have several requests to consider.

From TBR Collection - TBD
Won Book - TBD
Free Kindle/Nook or Smashwords: TBD


  1. I have a couple of books by Bec McMaster on my TBR mountain. You are tempting me to dig them out. Come see what I read last week here. Have a great week!

  2. Sounds like you had a good week, I will be looking forward to a couple of your reviews.

  3. Helper 12 really looks good.


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